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March 20, 2007
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From the Cradle to the Grave by Nicoll From the Cradle to the Grave by Nicoll
The life cycle of a kettle.

Full view is massive and high detail. The original file is over thirty thousand pixels wide.

The actual drawing itself is 2 feet high by 24 feet wide. Pencil on 200gsm paper. Click here [link] for a photograph that gives an impression of scale.

This illustration documents the usage of materials in the life cycle of a kettle, from the quarry, through a steel works and other factory processes, packaging, distribution, warehouse, showroom, mass domestic use of power and water (fossil fuels?), and the product's eventual fate as landfill.

It was drawn in response to the DOTT07 "Stuff-o-meter" brief for the D&AD student awards. [link]
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Given 2007-03-29
From the Cradle to the Grave by =Nicoll is just.... shocking. Mark is such a lovely guy, and this really is such an apt expression of his talent. Well done. ( Featured by De-Profundis )
voidone Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
epic work!
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Well done.
AlexCFriend Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
My background changes every minute and sometimes this piece pops up. However the resolution is so huge all I saw was the coffee pot. Today I decided to fix it and now that I am seeing the piece again in its entirety I have so say its one of the most unique and powerful images of the thousands I've download from deviantart. I wish more people could see this. Nice work

As far as a critique goes I thinks it work saying that the left edge could be better defined, as it is now it gives me a sense of the sea or clouds. This seems especially important since the right side, the landfill, is so well defined. Clever touch having the pot on and then off in the landfill. I especially like the steam from the pot blending with the smoke from the industry.
Nicoll Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Thank you very much for the comment, I'm glad. It's great to have ones work considered in that way.

Hmm. I'd like to investigate the theme some more soon.
1015670 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
I absoutely love it, as has been mentioned a thousand times before, the perspective changes are so smooth. Amazing work
Nicoll Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
It's still nice to hear though, thanks for the comment :)
labornthyn Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I know I am stating the obvious...but this is genius...a very engaging concept and deeper statement combined with purely visually delightful drawing and arrangement. I enjoyed it very much!
Sp3ctre18 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
Wow, awesome work here. i'm a pencil artist myself, though I sadly don't have time to much of it. I wish i could do a big project like this. I really like how you did the transitions, such as the cutaways, or using the sink top sort of as the roof of a building. Very nice. :D
Nicoll Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
Cheers very much :)
lost-love-xXx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! I can only imagine the amount of work that went into this!

It's not something we think about without a little push, the 'life' of an appliance that is.

I like how everything sorta blends together.
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